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$14 million in Dior, Gucci, Chanel knockoffs seized in Long Beach

June 9, 2011 |  7:11 am

Phony designer apparel worth more than $14 million was seized this week by federal officials at the Port of Long Beach.

More than 47,000 pieces of fake Chanel, Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior clothing were discovered in three different shipments from China between March 17 and May 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials said Wednesday.

The first shipment contained 27,528 pieces of counterfeit clothing, followed by the seizure April 11 of more than 16,000 knit dresses in violation of the Gucci and Polo trademark. A third shipment was intercepted May 11 containing 3,144 pairs of counterfeit Chanel women's and girls' woven pants.

Customs and Border Protection officials said they broke their record for trade seizures in fiscal year 2010. Officers made 863 trade seizures with a domestic value exceeding $34 million, a 42% increase in the number of seizures from fiscal year 2009.

"Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers, as well as the economy of the United States," said Carlos Martel, acting director of L.A. field operations for Customs and Border Protection.

-- Andrew Blankstein
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